February 2017 | Newsletter

It looks like 2017 is shaping up to be a great year – with oodles of training and fundraising opportunities! Read on for more information on the excitement we’ve got lined up for February…


Your Last Chance to Vote! This month is your last chance to vote for us in the Yorkshire Choice Awards! Beware of the Bull has been nominated for Charitable Business of the Year, and we are really excited to be representing the sector in the Awards. The Awards are decided by public vote – so we would really appreciate you taking the time to vote for us. Voting closes on 1st March, and can be done quickly and easily online – go here to vote.


Changes to Reaching Communities Funding The Big Lottery Fund have revised and simplified the guidance for their Reaching Communities funding strand. BLF makes grants of between £10,000 – £500,000 through this funding stream, for projects that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage

The updated guidance notes can be found here. BLF have also announced that their Reaching Communities Buildings strand is closed to applications from 31st January 2017. This is due to a strategic decision to take time to consider how to improve their capital offer – so keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for an announcement of replacement funding. In the meantime, don’t forget you can include up to £100,000 of capital costs in a standard revenue stream Reaching Communities bid.


Postcode Local Trust The Postcode Local Trust has changed its funding themes and application process, and is currently open for its first funding round of 2017. In 2017, the Trust is looking to fund projects that are of local importance, with a particular focus on projects that improve the environment for the benefit of local communities and encourage conservation action at a local level. Registered charities in England and Scotland can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 (in Wales, £500 – £10,000), and voluntary & community organisations without a registered charity number can apply for grants of up to £2,000. Round 1 of 2017 is open for expressions of interest until 10th February. Selected applicants will then be invited to send in a Stage 2 application between 6th – 31st March. For more information, and to submit an expression of interest, visit the Postcode Local Trust website.


Providing Sports Activities? The Peter Harrison Foundation makes grants to UK registered charities towards projects that help people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged ‘to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills’. This includes:

  • Projects which provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport
  • Projects that have a strong training and/or educational theme within a sporting activity
  • Projects that provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people
  • Projects with a high degree of community involvement
  • Projects that help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction

The Foundation prefers to fund capital costs, but will also consider revenue funding for a new project, or if funding is key to the continuing success or survival of an established project. Applications should be made via the Foundation’s online enquiry form – successful applicants will then be invited to fill out a stage 2 application form. For more information, and to apply, visit the Peter Harrison Foundation website.


Get Better At Fundraising! Beware of the Bull is running its acclaimed Essentials of Grant Fundraising course in York in March. The course covers everything you need to know to write great funding applications, and is suitable for all levels – from beginners, to seasoned bidwriters wanting to brush up on their skills. The course costs £220, and consists of 3 half-day sessions, which will take place on Friday afternoons in March (3rd, 10th & 17th) from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. For more information, and to book your place on the course, visit our website. Limited places remaining.


The Joseph Strong Frazer Trust This charitable trust makes grants in a wide range of areas, including:

  • social welfare;
  • education;
  • religion;
  • health and medical research;
  • disability;
  • youth;
  • maritime;
  • wildlife.

The average grant from this trust is around £1,000. Applications should be made in writing to the trust’s registered office at:  The Joseph Strong Frazer Trust  c/o Joseph Miller & Co  Floor A  Milburn House  Dean Street  Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 1LE


Missed Out On Awards for All Training? If you missed out on the chance to attend our Awards for All training course in January, don’t worry! As this course has been so popular, we’ve arranged another session of training which will take place in Birmingham on 6th April. Beware of the Bull has a 100% success rate with grant applications to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. During 2015 we applied for 9 grants, all of which were successful, netting a total of £88,620 for charities and voluntary groups. We share our way to success with this half-day course – for more information, and to book, visit our website (scroll halfway down the page).


The Hedley Foundation This charitable foundation makes grants to UK registered charities working with young people in the areas of recreation, sport, training, health and welfare, support and outdoor education of young people between the ages of 11 and 25. The Trustees favour projects involving open air and adventure activities and the funding of associated kit and equipment. A secondary aim of the foundation is to assist small charities helping young people who have disabilities or are terminally ill, through funding for specialist equipment, organised respite breaks and holidays. Support is also given to young carers. The average size of grant is £2,500. Applications should be made via a form which can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website. The next deadline for applications is 1st March, for applications to be considered at the Trustee meeting on 22nd March.


The Woodward Charitable Trust This trust makes grants to UK registered charities, social enterprises and CICs, in the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Disadvantaged women – covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting
  • Disability projects which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled
  • Arts outreach work by local groups for the benefit of disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers

The Trust prefers to fund charities with an annual income of less than £300,000. Their grantmaking in response to unsolicited enquiries is generally for amounts under £5,000. The Trust also makes grants of between £200 – £1,000 for summer playschemes, but only to organisations with an income of under £100,000. Application is via a form which can be downloaded from the Trust’s website. Summer playscheme forms will be available starting from 1st February.


Grants For York-Based Groups If your charity or other not-for-profit organisation is based in York, you may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation York Committee. The York Committee makes grants of between £100 – £5,000, with priority given to projects that fit within the Foundation’s strategic aims:

  • Individuals & relationships – taking in themes including the role of relationships in reducing poverty in communities
  • Work and worth – for example, employers recognising the business and social case for better pay and jobs
  • Places where people live – including vibrant, strong, healthy and poverty-free York

The Committee prefers to fund specific project costs rather than contributing to general expenses or ongoing salary costs. The next deadline for applications is 2pm on Wednesday 22nd March. For more information, and to download the application form, visit the JRF website.


Vegetarian Society Funding The Vegetarian Society are making grants of up to £2,000 for activities or events to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. The Week runs from 15th – 21st May this year, and activities that take place in that period or the two weeks before are eligible for funding. Activities & events must promote National Vegetarian Week, and must be exclusively vegetarian or vegan – events serving non-vegetarian food will not be funded. There are two levels of grant – small grants (up to £200) and large grants (£200 – £2,000). Applications can be made by voluntary & community groups, informal groups of friends, and local vegetarian groups – there is no need for the group making the application to be linked to the Vegetarian Society. Application deadlines are:

  • Large Grants – 22 January and 26 February
  • Small Grants – 26 February and 30 April

More information can be found on the Vegetarian Society website.